Building Codes

Tiny Houses, a Festival and the Homeless

Tiny houses or a tiny house community may be coming to your area sooner than you think.… Read more

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Fix the Cold Floor in Your Home (Your Feet and Your Wallet Will Thank You)

If it feels like the floor in your home is sucking the warmth from your body, it probably is. Here’s how and what to do about it…… Read more

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8 Challenges of the Tiny House

Last week, Tiny House Atlanta and Southface hosted a room full of tiny house enthusiasts. Even if you don’t think you want a tiny house, you should give some thought to the idea.… Read more

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Will This Record Storm Leave a Lasting Effect?

Hurricane Patricia is now the strongest Pacific Ocean hurricane to make landfall in Mexico. What do Patricia’s record wind speeds mean for our safety and the way we build?… Read more

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After A Disaster: Rebuild or Demolish and Start Over?

Most areas in the U.S. are subject to natural disasters that can damage homes. When the damage is done, should the home be rebuilt or demolished to make way for new construction?… Read more

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5 Hurricane Katrina Lessons: 10 Years Later

The death and destruction from Hurricane Katrina’s landfall on the Gulf Coast ten years ago today continues to affect us. Did you learn any of these lessons?… Read more

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Federal Mortgage Insurance Threatened in 14 States

The 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) will be the new baseline for FHA/HUD insured financing. That threatens federal mortgage insurance in 14 states.… Read more

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Notes from “How + Why: The Details of Sustainable Homes”

Ryan Taylor and Mike Barcik of the Southface Energy Institute are looking forward to presenting, “How + Why: The Details of Sustainable Homes” at the 2015 AIA National Convention.… Read more

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Georgia’s HB 255 Outlaws LEED Green Building Standard for State Properties

RTAblog_2013_0211_GeorgiaCapitolHouse Bill (HB) 255 passed through the Georgia General Assembly’s 2015 legislative session. Though HB 255 is probably unknown to most citizens, the precedent it creates deserves our attention.… Read more

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How Will New Water Heater Efficiency Standards Affect Home Owners?

RTAblg_2015_0407The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has increased efficiency standards for tank and tankless water heaters. The new standards take effect on April 16, 2015.… Read more

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Big Data is About to Change the Value of Your Home

Even if you’re not planning to sell, big data is about to change the value of your home. The collection and publication of data is going to make a big difference for all of us.… Read more

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2015 NGBS is Open for Public Comment!

RTAblog_2014_1007_2015NGBSThe 2015 National Green Building Standard is open for public comment. What could possibly be more exciting than commenting on a sustainable building standard?… Read more

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2015 AIA Convention Early-Bird Rates End Wednesday!

RTAblog_EarlyBirdIf you’re thinking about attending the 2015 American Institute of Architects national convention in Atlanta, you need to sign up now. Early-bird rates end this Wednesday!… Read more

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Counterpoint: Open a Window for Improved Indoor Air Quality?

RTAblog_2015_0305_babyAn article by Healthy Child Healthy World claims you should open a window, especially when it’s cold outside. Is that true? What’s best for your family?… Read more

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Bad, Better or Best: 3 Ways to Get Fresh Air in Your Home

RTAblog_2015_0304_WindowNoticeThere are three primary ways to provide mechanical ventilation to a home. The first is not good. The second is better but not great. The third is the best choice. Do you know your options?… Read more

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